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Nicholas Eames Hi Andrea!

Well, the short answer is: almost 2 years

The actual answer is: more than 10.

My 'first' novel wasn't actually Kings of the Wyld. I wrote a g…more
Hi Andrea!

Well, the short answer is: almost 2 years

The actual answer is: more than 10.

My 'first' novel wasn't actually Kings of the Wyld. I wrote a great big epic called The Fireborn that took me about seven year (writing whenever I felt like it) to finish. After that I realized I'd grown as a writer and needed to rewrite the first half of the book, which took another few years. Then I sent it out and it was rejected for being too big (it was about 250k, and most publishers want 100-150k, although there are plenty of exceptions).

Eventually I came up with the concept of Kings of the Wyld. I wrote the first three chapters and then put it aside for a year to split the old book in half and make the first part into a complete novel.

Finally, while sending THAT Fireborn out to agents, I wrote Kings of the Wyld. The first draft took me about 14 months. It was about 120k. When I snagged an agent she asked me to cut it to 100k. Then, when we found a publisher, they asked me to make it 150k! That process took another six months or so.

Something to consider, though, since you say you're 'tired' of your regular job, is dealing with that without regard for your writing, because unless you strike it HUGE, you'll still need another job to support your writing career, even after you've been published. I sold KotW two years ago, it's done pretty darn well by debut standards, and I still rely on my restaurant job to pay the rent. It's been eye-opening to me (and a few of my aspiring writer friends) that getting published isn't the get-rich-switch we'd once imagined it to be. So in case you're open to advice, make sure you're life/job outside of writing is as awesome as it can be, because believe me: if the best comes to pass and writing becomes an ACTUAL job, you'll need the rest of life to be as awesome as possible, since writing under deadlines can be wildly stressful!

I hope this helped a little bit! It was long-winded, I know. Feel free to ask if you've got any other questions, and thank you again for the kind words about my book! I really do appreciate them!

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Nicholas Eames Hi! Thanks for asking my first question!

Far and away, the author who's influenced me the most is Guy Gavriel Kay. Outside of writing, his books have s…more
Hi! Thanks for asking my first question!

Far and away, the author who's influenced me the most is Guy Gavriel Kay. Outside of writing, his books have shifted my perspective on life itself, and given me a keener appreciation of things like beauty, art, sorrow, love, friendship, sport...Heck--just about everything! And although we have vastly different styles (I know this because I tried emulating him for too long and failed miserably) I sincerely hope that once in a while I craft a paragraph, or a sentence, or a scene that affects someone the way his work affects me.

Aside from him, the work of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie helped make me believe there was an audience for comedy in fantasy, even if I planned to push it a little further. Oddly, I never read Terry Pratchett (another master!) until I'd finished writing Kings of the Wyld, otherwise I'd probably be citing his name as well.

Lastly, Pat Rothfuss's simple, genuine, beautiful prose is quite an inspiration, as is the pacing/commitment-to-outrageous-fun of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. I began writing the novel that got me published immediately after reading that book!

Thanks again for the question!
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“Among them is a renegade king, he who sired five royal heirs without ever unzipping his pants. A man to whom time has imparted great wisdom and an even greater waistline, whose thoughtless courage is rivalled only by his unquenchable thirst.

At his shoulder walks a sorcerer, a cosmic conversationalist. Enemy of the incurable rot, absent chairman of combustive sciences at the university in Oddsford, and the only living soul above the age of eight to believe in owlbears.

Look here at a warrior born, a scion of power and poverty whose purpose is manifold: to shatter shackles, to murder monarchs, and to demonstrate that even the forces of good must sometimes enlist the service of big, bad motherfuckers. His is an ancient soul destined to die young.

And now comes the quiet one, the gentle giant, he who fights his battles with a shield. Stout as the tree that counts its age in aeons, constant as the star that marks true north and shines most brightly on the darkest nights.

A step ahead of these four: our hero. He is the candle burnt down to the stump, the cutting blade grown dull with overuse. But see now the spark in his stride. Behold the glint of steel in his gaze. Who dares to stand between a man such as this and that which he holds dear? He will kill, if he must, to protect it. He will die, if that is what it takes.

“Go get the boss,” says one guardsman to another. “This bunch looks like trouble.”

And they do. They do look like trouble, at least until the wizard trips on the hem of his robe. He stumbles, cursing, and fouls the steps of the others as he falls face-first onto the mud-slick hillside.”
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“But what does a mirror know? What can it show us of ourselves? Oh, it might reveal a few scars, and perhaps a glimpse—there, in the eyes—of our true nature. The spirit beneath the skin. Yet the deepest scars are often hidden, and though a mirror might reveal our weakness, it reflects only a fraction of our strength.”
Nicholas Eames, Kings of the Wyld

“You should write a book," Matrick suggested.
Kit snorted. "Who wants to read the self-pitying lamentations of an old revenant?"
"There's your title right there," said Ganelon.”
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“But what does a mirror know? What can it show us of ourselves? Oh, it might reveal a few scars, and perhaps a glimpse—there, in the eyes—of our true nature. The spirit beneath the skin. Yet the deepest scars are often hidden, and though a mirror might reveal our weakness, it reflects only a fraction of our strength.”
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“Among them is a renegade king, he who sired five royal heirs without ever unzipping his pants. A man to whom time has imparted great wisdom and an even greater waistline, whose thoughtless courage is rivalled only by his unquenchable thirst.

At his shoulder walks a sorcerer, a cosmic conversationalist. Enemy of the incurable rot, absent chairman of combustive sciences at the university in Oddsford, and the only living soul above the age of eight to believe in owlbears.

Look here at a warrior born, a scion of power and poverty whose purpose is manifold: to shatter shackles, to murder monarchs, and to demonstrate that even the forces of good must sometimes enlist the service of big, bad motherfuckers. His is an ancient soul destined to die young.

And now comes the quiet one, the gentle giant, he who fights his battles with a shield. Stout as the tree that counts its age in aeons, constant as the star that marks true north and shines most brightly on the darkest nights.

A step ahead of these four: our hero. He is the candle burnt down to the stump, the cutting blade grown dull with overuse. But see now the spark in his stride. Behold the glint of steel in his gaze. Who dares to stand between a man such as this and that which he holds dear? He will kill, if he must, to protect it. He will die, if that is what it takes.

“Go get the boss,” says one guardsman to another. “This bunch looks like trouble.”

And they do. They do look like trouble, at least until the wizard trips on the hem of his robe. He stumbles, cursing, and fouls the steps of the others as he falls face-first onto the mud-slick hillside.”
Nicholas Eames, Kings of the Wyld

“The pool,” said Kallorek, pointing. “The pool, right there.”
“You mean the pond?”
“I mean the pool,” growled the booker. “Get in. Swim.” He accompanied these words with effusive gestures that set his jewellery ringing.
Clay examined the pond. “Swim to where?” he asked.
“What do you mean swim to where?” Kallorek’s brow deepened.
“Is it a healing spring?” Gabe asked. He flexed his arm, wincing as he extended it fully. “Because I think my elbow—”
“Listen, fuck your elbow!” Kallorek blew up. Clay had forgotten how short the booker’s fuse was. That big toothy smile one moment, and the next …“It ain’t a spring, or a pond, or a godsdamned sea nymph’s bathtub. It’s a fucking pool. Just a pool! You swim around in it to relax.”
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“Has it ever occured to you, Master Ninefingers, that a sword is different from other weapons? Axes and maces and so forth are lethal enough, but they hang on the belt like dumb brutes. But a sword...a sword has a voice.
Sheathed it has little to say, to be sure, but you need only put your hand on the hilt and it begins to whisper in your enemy's ear. A gentle word. A word of caution. Do you hear it?
Now, compare it to the sword half drawn. It speaks louder, does it not? It hisses a dire threat. It makes a deadly promise. Do you hear it?
Now compare it to the sword full drawn. It shouts now, does it not? It screams defiance! It bellows a challenge! Do you hear it?”
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“A tiger, however fearsome, could be hunted into a corner. It fought alone, so it died alone. But to hunt a wolf was to constantly look over your shoulder, wondering if others were behind you in the dark. “Lost?”
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